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Speedweeks kicks off today in advance of next Sunday's Daytona 500 (2/17, 2:30PM EST FOX). The Clash is this Sunday, 3pm, and the duels are 7pm next Thursday, 2/14. Note also the Arca race will run this Saturday at 4pm on FS1.

What else for 2019:
- New rules package: Note that the Daytona 500 will run under the old package, but after that we will go to tapered spacers (including at Daytona and Talladega where they won't run plates anymore), bigger spoiler, bigger splitter, wider radiator pan, and "aero/brake ducts". It's all similar to the 2018 All-Star package and designed to reduce horsepower but improve stability and throttle response . . . with the hope of reducing the aero advantage that the leader has had at the intermediate and speedway tracks under the old package. https://m.nascar.com/news-media/2018/10/02/2019-rules-packages-announced-monster-energy-series/


- New post-race inspection procedure: Post-race inspection will happen immediately following the race and will include first and second place, and other randomly selected cars. If you fail post-race you are disqualified and scored as last in the race and stages. So if the winner fails, the second place is declared the winner for all intents and purposes . . . any stage points for DQ'd cars will go to the next car on the pylon. This will mean that the race winner will be confirmed by weekend's end, rather than having to wait on inspection and penalty procedures under the old rules (often not announced until Tuesday or Wednesday).

- Notable team/driver changes:
Martin Truex and Cole Pearn move over to JGR proper at the 19
Kurt Busch to the 1 at CGR; Jamie Mac running the Daytona 500 (in the 40) and then retiring to the Fox broadcast roster
Daniel Suarez moves over to the 41 at SHR
Ryan Newman runs the 6 full-time at Rousch
Daniel Hemric (rookie) will be in the 8 at Childress
Matt DiBenedetto will be in the 95
Kasey Kahne and AJ Allmendinger are not racing
Chad Knaus and Jimmie aren't together, Chad to the 24 (Byron) and Kevin Meendering comes over from the Xfinity 1 car (E. Sadler) to lead the 48 crew


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Is this an entirely different group of cars and drivers? Or it the race separate from last night's?
It’s the “second tier” touring series. Sort of like AAA in baseball - some of the teams are owned by Cup series teams (some aren’t). Sometimes Cup drivers are hired to drive in this series but there are rules on how many events per year they can do that.
 
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Was able to watch the race now - what an emotional win. I hope it helps that young couple get through a really tough time.

Hell of a race, those composite bodies are really good at a place like Darlington! So forgiving. Great racing - best racing we’ve seen this week.
 

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Was able to watch the race now - what an emotional win. I hope it helps that young couple get through a really tough time.

Hell of a race, those composite bodies are really good at a place like Darlington! So forgiving. Great racing - best racing we’ve seen this week.
The composite bodies need to be the standard!
 

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this morning, the kids had a snack - it was Rice Krispies treats from a 'bday party' goodie bag they got yesterday. It was a drive through, wave, and drop a present, pick up a goodie bag sorta deal.

Anyway, my 6-y/o son opens the Rice Krispies treat and it has mini M&Ms on it.

He starts picking them off and throwing them in the garbage.

My wife stares at him, dumbfounded, wondering what he's doing - because he lives for sugar.

"What are you doing, Nolan?"

"Throwing away the M&M's."

"But why?"

"Because of what Kyle Busch did to Chase Elliott and dad says no more M&Ms in the house."

Martha looks at me and rolls her eyes and says, "Oh lord..."

I look at her and nod in satisfaction.

#raisinemright
 

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this morning, the kids had a snack - it was Rice Krispies treats from a 'bday party' goodie bag they got yesterday. It was a drive through, wave, and drop a present, pick up a goodie bag sorta deal.

Anyway, my 6-y/o son opens the Rice Krispies treat and it has mini M&Ms on it.

He starts picking them off and throwing them in the garbage.

My wife stares at him, dumbfounded, wondering what he's doing - because he lives for sugar.

"What are you doing, Nolan?"

"Throwing away the M&M's."

"But why?"

"Because of what Kyle Busch did to Chase Elliott and dad says no more M&Ms in the house."

Martha looks at me and rolls her eyes and says, "Oh lord..."

I look at her and nod in satisfaction.

#raisinemright
That's awesome, but, I'm sorry, M&Ms will never go in the trash in my house. :hihi:
 

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How do you lose ballast during warm up laps before the race? Someone on Hamlin's team has lots of explaining to do!
 

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